Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys Reviewed
Nov17

Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys Reviewed

Read our review of Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys   By Rob Dickens         It has been too long since his last outing, but the impatience with that wait has instantly dissipated with what has just come.  Released on November 16, 2018 (on Waterbug Records) Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys comes from a deep well of emotion which is conveyed with clarity and purpose to the listener. Originally from Fayetteville, North...

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Edward David Anderson and Chasing Butterflies Reviewed
Nov06

Edward David Anderson and Chasing Butterflies Reviewed

Read our review of Chasing Butterflies by Edward David Anderson   By Rob Dickens           Edward David Anderson might not be that well known to many of you. But that should change given what he has been able to deliver with Chasing Butterflies, his third solo studio record (released this October on his own Black Dirt Records). Anderson has been writing songs, making records, and playing shows for a living for more than two decades. ...

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Rudi Ekstein and Carolina Chimes Reviewed
Nov02

Rudi Ekstein and Carolina Chimes Reviewed

Read our review of Carolina Chimes by mandolinist Rudi Ekstein     By Rob Dickens         Rudi Ekstein has been in the music business for many years as a performer, producer and studio owner.  His latest recording is Carolina Chimes: Rudi Ekstein’s All Original Bluegrass Instrumental Showcase, which was released this October via his own Foxfire Recording. It’s a weighty title to be sure.  As someone new to this artist, it became...

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Chad Elliott’s Rest Heavy Tips The Scales
Oct16

Chad Elliott’s Rest Heavy Tips The Scales

Read our review of Rest Heavy by Chad Elliott & The Redemptions    By Rob Dickens         We get a steady stream of new music for review here at Listening Through The Lens.  I haven’t kept a log, but maybe one or two albums a day come in via mail, snail or electronic, and that doesn’t include EPs and singles.  What this means is that we listen to a hell of a lot of good music.  In the last two/three weeks for instance...

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Bill and the Belles Sing In Their Dreams
Aug25

Bill and the Belles Sing In Their Dreams

Read our take on Bill and the Belles’ new release ‘Dreamsongs, etc’   Bill and the Belles Dreamsongs, etc. Out Now   By Rob Dickens         Bill and The Belles hail from the foothills of the Blue Ridge in Johnson City, Tennessee and came together out of a mutual love for early American music.  The band has just issued its debut studio album DreamSongs, Etc. via Jalopy Records. Some essential information – Bill...

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Alejandro Escovedo Reaches The Crossing Point
Aug21

Alejandro Escovedo Reaches The Crossing Point

Read our review of ‘The Crossing’ by Alejandro Escovedo     By Rob Dickens         The Artist Alejandro Escovedo with Don Antonio (aka Antonio Gramentieri)   The Album The Crossing   The Cover The Release Date September 14 2018   The Label Yep Roc Records   The Introduction Texas songwriting journeyman Alejandro Escovedo has moved and inspired us over the course of fifteen albums.  The man has been a punk with The Nuns, a...

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